Zuma opponent Mashatile resigns as MP, coming home as MEC in Gauteng Govt

By Wim Pretorius, News24

Johannesburg – Nandi Mayathula-Khoza has been appointed as the MEC for social development as one of three changes announced by Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, on Tuesday evening.

“We assess the performance of government on an ongoing basis and we have now come to the determination that we need to make a few changes in the executive council,” Makhura said.

Paul Mashatile, ANC Gauteng chairperson
Paul Mashatile

The changes were aimed at strengthening “the capacity of government to implement the programme for the implimentation of the transformation, modernisation and re-industrialisation of Gauteng.”

Along with Mayathula-Khoza, Jacob Mamabolo will move to the department of infrastructure development while Paul Mashatile will take over the portfolio of human settlements, cooperative government, and traditional affairs.

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Makhura said he intends to appoint Mashatile as MEC once he has been sworn in as a member of the Gauteng provincial legislature.

Mashatile has had quite a few portfolios, including safety and security, transport, housing, finance and economic affairs, as well as serving as Deputy Minister of Finance and Minister of Arts and Culture.

Mashatile will resign as a member of the national Parliament in the next two days to take up a position in the Gauteng provincial legislature.

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When asked about the issue of e-tolls, Makhura said that there will be an announcement on the matter at the state of the province address.

With regards to former sports MEC Molebatsi Bopape, Makhura said that the current investigation into allegations of improper interference in tender allocations was still underway and would have to take its course. – News24

Source: http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/new-gauteng-mecs-will-strengthen-capacity-of-govt-makhura-20160202

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